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Statement on Passage of HB 7 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – With today’s passage by the Kentucky Senate, House Bill 7 now heads to concurrence by the Kentucky House and then to the Governor’s desk for consideration. We’ve continued to share our appreciation to the bill sponsors, House Speaker David Osborne and Speaker Pro Tem David Meade, for their openness to feedback and efforts to reduce unintended consequences of these [...]

Statement on Passage of Final State Budget by the General Assembly

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Earlier this month as leaders of the Kentucky House and Senate went into Conference Committee, we wrote on the important moment: “When the rubber hits the road.” It’s a moment when the true priorities of the General Assembly come to light as the final state budget for the next two years gets crafted – full of compromise, tough [...]

Statement on Final Passage of HB 499 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, the Senate passed House Bill 499 – a win for the child care sector, businesses, parents, and our youngest Kentuckians. Once concurred by the House and signed by the Governor, the measure will establish the framework for the Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership, which is an innovative program that will match employer child care benefits with state dollars. Families [...]

Statement on Passage of HB 499 by the Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, we’re celebrating the Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor Committee’s passage of House Bill 499. The measure, championed by Representative Samara Heavrin, will establish the framework for the Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership – which is a win-win-win for kids and families, businesses, and our economy. A lack of access to child care is a primary contributor to [...]

Statement on Passage of HB 7 by the Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – In these final days of the 2022 legislative session, we are disappointed to see advancement of legislation that has more opportunities for harm than good for the Commonwealth’s children and families, including today’s passage of House Bill 7 by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Safety net programs play a critical role in making sure families struggling to [...]

Statement on Passage of HB 318 by the Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – The wrong-headed proposal by Representative Kevin Bratcher and advanced by the Kentucky House unfortunately received passage by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee today. The rhetoric around House Bill 318 is that it will address “rising rates of violent juvenile offenders.” Yet, that rationale is based on politics and not reality. It not only sends hollow, fearmongering echoes to constituents, [...]

By |2022-03-28T17:34:13-04:00March 28th, 2022|News Room, Youth Justice|

Statement on Final Passage of SB 102 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – We’re celebrating today as the Kentucky House has passed Senate Bill 102, sponsored by Senator Max Wise, to help ensure there is an adequate number of school-based mental health providers to serve students in need of supports. Even before the isolation and other challenges brought forth by the pandemic, children across the Commonwealth struggled with their mental health – [...]

By |2022-03-25T10:31:23-04:00March 25th, 2022|Bloom Kentucky, Education, Health, News Room|

Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 151 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, Senate Bill 151 unanimously received its final passage by the Kentucky House and now advances to the Governor’s desk for signature. This measure, sponsored by Senator Jason Howell, clarifies the current law to give school districts the option to serve students on free and reduced meals their breakfast during the first 15 minutes of the day. We [...]

By |2022-03-24T15:08:31-04:00March 24th, 2022|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement on Passage of HB 83 by House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the nation. And, for the Commonwealth’s nearly 17,000 child victims of abuse or neglect, over 50 percent had family violence as a risk factor. Domestic violence can take many forms, including controlling behaviors, isolation, threats of suicide or murder, threats to take the children, and serious injuries [...]

Statement on Final Passage of Senate Bill 8 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky General Assembly has once again demonstrated their deep commitment to supporting our most vulnerable children who have experienced abuse or neglect with today’s unanimous final passage of Senate Bill 8. This legislation is a necessary next step in Kentucky’s efforts to fundamentally strengthen and reform the child welfare system to best serve children. With the leadership [...]

By |2022-03-23T14:33:42-04:00March 23rd, 2022|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|
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